STOCKHOLM Feb 7 Skanska, the Nordic
region's biggest builder, posted on Thursday
higher-than-expected fourth-quarter pretax earnings and said
that despite the financial turmoil it foresees a positive market
outlook for the U.S.
"Although the overall market for Construction is stable,
there are large differences among geographies and segments," it
Pretax profit grew to 1.66 billion Swedish crowns ($261.6
million) against a mean forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts
for a profit roughly unchanged from the year-ago 1.33 billion.
Order bookings fell year-on-year, roughly in line with
expectations, to 32.0 billion crowns.
($1 = 6.3446 Swedish crowns)
(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom)